VIGIL German Shepherd Dog Rescue is a registered charity run by the board of trustees. 

The objects (laid down in the Vigil constitution) are:

"... to rescue and provide care and shelter for German Shepherd dogs which have been abandoned neglected ill-treated or are otherwise in need of such care and shelter and to find suitable new homes for such animals wherever it is appropriate and practicable to do so"

The trustees and volunteers are unpaid.

All costs are paid from donations.

The principal costs are kenneling and veterinary fees. Administration costs are kept to a minimum.


Vigil was founded in 1984 by a group of 10 trustees. One of the original trustees, Jackie Parker, still serves as a trustee and is heavily involved in the day to day running of the charity.

From the first day Vigil began operations they boarded dogs at Treetops Kennels in Guildford.

Treetops is still the centre of operations for Vigil GSD Rescue. The new (since end of 2008) owners of the kennels continue to offer excellent facilities for Vigil to welcome people in to see the dogs and to allow us to assess and exercise the dogs in our care. They receive new dogs for us when we cannot be there and play an important part in the long-term success of Vigil. Thank you Treetops!